April 2, 2012

Not Blessed Mama's Unwanted and Unsolicited Product Review: Zenni Optical

I've been wearing glasses since I was in the 7th grade. That's *cough* a long time.

And I've always, always gotten my glasses from an optometrist- or Wal-Mart, or Sears, or whatever. Until recently, when I saw someone I followed on Twitter (do you follow me on Twitter?) talking about Zenni Optical. They're an on-line prescription glasses retailer. I'd heard about such sites before, but I'd never had any experience with them (or even known anyone who did). After I checked out their site, I knew I wanted to order from them. Glasses starting at $6.95? Wow.

I went and got an eye exam, and the optometrist huffed and puffed a little when I asked for my pupillary distance- but I got it. Zenni was even having a buy 2, get 1 free sale- so I ordered 3 pairs of glasses. I figured that if I was disappointed, at least I was only out $30. And oh my, oh my, oh my. I am in love!

Do you see those glasses? Black and white frames, with a tiny silver skull and crossbones on each side. And they were ten bucks!! Never in my life have I been able to order a fun, funky, silly pair of glasses like this- because glasses are freaking expensive. Usually just one pair is close to a hundred bucks. If you're lucky, you can find a pair for $38-50, but the frames are never nice and it's a limited selection.

 Zenni Optical has revolutionized the way I buy eye glasses. That sounds dramatic, I know. But you have no idea how hard it was for me in the 90's, when everyone was wearing their cool sunglasses with the colored lenses. I was lucky if I even had a pair of prescription sunglasses, let alone one with sweet blue lenses. And now, because of Zenni optical, I can get any kind of glasses I want, for an amazing price- and colored or tinted lenses are only $5 more. I also got a pair of sunglasses I love- for $12!

This is the last pair I got- the picture's not the best. But it makes me laugh, because this is me getting drunk at my husband's company party and taking a picture of myself in the bathroom. Good times.

I couldn't be happier with my purchase from Zenni. I've been checking them out on Facebook and Twitter, and I'm not alone. I can tell they care about their customers and work to make people happy. I absolutely cannot wait to order my next pair of awesome glasses with Zenni. They've got a customer for life in me!

As always, I have not been paid to write this. Or even received any free shit. But jeeze, how could they not? Look at this glowing review I wrote for them, free of charge! I love you Zenni!

UPDATE: It's been a little over 2 months and I am still head over heels in love with my Zenni's. I wear them every day and they are holding up perfectly. I can't wait to order again!


  1. perfect timing... I need new glasses! I was going to go today, but decided to put it off one. more. day. I hate to spend the money. I'm going to check them out! What is pupillary distance? I've had many eye exams and that has never been mentioned..

  2. I had Lasik ten years ago (best money I ever spent), and even I covet those skull and crossbones glasses!

  3. I had never heard of this site before, and I am so excited! I can't wait to try out a few pairs. I have always found it beneficial to buy two sets of glasses at once, but there are always tons of styles I would love to try but don't want to make the huge committment. Thank you!

  4. I spent way too much on two pair about six months ago. One pair has the lenses cracked already - on the inside. Bizarre. The other pair is too big and they can't seem to adjust them right. So now I need to spend MORE money on glasses. I'm going to check this out for sure. I found some at Coastal Contacts, but even with their first pair free deal it's over $60.

  5. What was the model number of the sunglasses you have in the middle picture? My wife went to Zenni, but claimed she couldn't find any she likes. She has a non-prescription pair that looks almost identical to the ones you're wearing in that picture.

    I bought 2 pairs of glasses (progressive lens) and 1 pair of sunglasses for around $100 and got them in 7 days. You can't beat it

    1. Hi Duane, I'm sorry to say that my sunglasses are no longer in stock. I guess that's the downside to getting lots of new styles in regularly. Thanks for reading!

    2. Actually, if you ever see this- it looks like the sunglasses are back in stock- #223025

  6. Hi there! I hope you get this note. I'm in the process of ordering some glasses from Zenni. I found a nice large pair and thought i'd add tint, so I can make them into sunglasses. I was confused at the color of tint, so I searched google to see what they looked like. I came across the sunglasses you're wearing and wow, do two great minds think alike? Lol. Those are the same pair i'm ordering! I just wanted to know, what color tint do you have on those? I'm wanting to get grey, but the picture (animation) it shows is not a very pleasant color. While I know that's not what they're going to turn out like, I really just wanted a tint like any other glasses and I don't prefer any 'colored' tints. And if the grey is an actual grey and not a 'blackish' color, like normal sunglasses, then i'd rather choose another color, or not get them at all. The color you have on yours looks like 'normal' sunglasses, so I just wanted to ask what tint color you chose. It's a little hard to tell. I'm going to hold off and see if you have the time to contact me, beforehand, so I don't make a mistake on ordering. I'd be so grateful if there was anyway you could message me at cnp1988@yahoo.com. I'm not sure how this whole comment thing works, so i'm sure I won't get a notice if you comment back. Thank you so much. :)


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